Thanks for the question! The answer differs a little depending on whether you’re using an Xbox One or a PC.

Unfortunately, the Xbox One doesn’t support Bluetooth headphones. So you’ll have to connect your headphones wired to either your controller, your receiver, or your television’s headphone jack if it has one. The controller is usually the easiest route.

If you have a wireless Astro or Turtle Beach headset that works with Xbox One, those will work. You’ll just have to make sure that you’ve turned on Atmos/Windows Sonic in your Xbox audio settings and turned off any surround sound mode built into the headset.

On PC, Bluetooth should work, though I’ve seen one or two digital audio devices that won’t play nicely with spatial sound so your mileage may vary. You’ll just need to make sure your headphones are set as the default playback option in Windows, and go into the audio properties settings pages to turn on Spatial Sound.

Connecting to a PC via Bluetooth won’t change anything as far as the surround processing goes, but Bluetooth connections aren’t usually the best for gaming, as depending on the headphones, there can be additional lag or compression artifacts. This is getting better with more modern pairs…but I still find Bluetooth is at its best for music listening, or non-interactive entertainment content like videos/movies.

Hope that helps you out! Thanks for reading.

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